Camping is one of the best ways to experience Joshua Tree National Park. There are nine campgrounds in Joshua Tree, plus a couple of camping near Joshua Tree. There are nearly 500 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park, most of the first-come, first-served basis. Only the Black Rock, the India Cove, sheep Pass Group and Cottonwood campgrounds accept reservations from September to may.
During the peak season camping (January, February, March, April, may, October, November, Christmas/New year) campgrounds fill up fast on weekends. If you want a campsite which is first-come, first-served basis at the weekend during the peak season, your best bet is to arrive on Thursday or Friday morning to claim your site. Friday afternoon most of the best camp had been taken. It’s much easier to find a great campsite mid-week. This does not include popular weeks such as Thanksgiving, Christmas/New year, Easter a week before and the week after Easter.
Jhosua Tree National Park Camping
Realize that most campgrounds do not have water, so you will need to bring your own. Water is also available in the Oasis visitors center and the West. You can also purchase a large plastic water containers in shops outside the Park. Only the Black Rock, Cottonwood and India Cove campground has running water. All camp Joshua Tree National Park has toilet facilities (base). All campsites have a picnic table and fire ring, but you must bring your own firewood. Many stores sell firewood just outside the Park.
Belle Campground is home to only 18 campsites, making it a great option, if you’re looking to get away from the crowds, is often found in larger campsites. Although somewhat removed from the Mojave Desert Park highlights, provides easy access to the Pinto Basin and parts of the Sonoran Desert Park. Height: 3,800 feet (1,158 metres).
Black Rock campground
Located in Yucca Valley near the shores of the far West Park, Black Rock Campground is relatively far from the main attractions of the Park. But this is certainly not without charm. For one thing, it has water (WC!), and it is located among the Joshua trees that are very dramatic. The location along the Little San Bernardino Mountains also provide access to hiking to some of the highest peaks in the Park. And in the evening you will be treated with gorgeous views of the glittering lights of Yucca Valley below. Elevation: 4,000 feet (1.219 meters).
It is located near the southern boundary of the Park, campsite Cottonwood has a completely different feel from other Joshua Tree camp. For one thing, the camp is located in the Sonoran desert in Cottonwood, so Joshua tree is nowhere to be found. Relatively low and because of the 3,000-foot (914-meter) elevation, is generally warmer than the other camp (a good thing in the winter, a bad thing in the summer). Another plus: Cottonwood campground is also located near one of my favorite hikes in the Garden: the Lost Palms Oasis. 62 camp.
Hidden Valley Campground
Because of its location on the southern edge of Wonderland of rocks, Hidden Valley campground is popular with climbers. In my experience, this is the most difficult camp to capture the camp. But if you can take one of 44 camps at Hidden Valley Campground, you’ll find yourself in one of the most beautiful, and is located in the city center, camping in the Park.